Junior Jumper Gyorffy Sydney-Bound

Tack another chapter onto junior track superstar Dora Gyorffy's storybook year.

The national high jump champion recently learned that she will compete for her native Hungary in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Gyorffy, who captured the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championship in March, was notified of her probable selection to the team two weeks ago.


"I still have to remain healthy and stay in good shape in order to make it," Gyorffy said. "But this is very exciting for me."

Gyorffy's selection is the latest milestone in her prolific jumping career.

She captured the national title last month with a jump of 1.94 meters, 0.07 meters higher than the runner-up, Perdue's Carrie Long. In February, Gyorffy led the Crimson to its first Heptagonal Championship in a decade, tying an NCAA indoor record with a jump of 1.97 meters.

Gyorffy also displayed her versatility at Heps with a victory in the triple jump, leaping 12.74 meters. It was third straight year in which she won both events at the Ivy League meet.

Gyorffy had already established herself as one of the nation's best before this year's performance. As a sophomore, Gyorffy finished second at the indoor national championships and the prestigious Penn Relays. Her performance last year made Sydney a realistic possibility.

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